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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash Of Fate Book Review

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“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash Of Fate” is a solid companion piece to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge.

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash Of Fate” is a tie-in novel to Disneyland’s newly opened Star Wars land dubbed Galaxy’s Edge. The story, which is written by author Zoraida Córdova, is a YA romance novel set in the Star Wars universe that focuses on two childhood friends (Izzy and Jules) who are reunited after 13 years. Jules is a young man who recently quit his job as a grain farmer and dreams of getting his own ship to see the galaxy. However, something is keeping him on the planet Batuu. Izzy is a lonely young woman who has been experiencing heartbreaking events including losing her parents, losing her boyfriend Damar, and being abandoned by her smuggling crew led by Ana Tolla. After taking a delivery job that leads her back to Batuu, however, she meets Jules once again and rekindles their friendship…or perhaps something more? Unfortunately, their reunion is interrupted by a series of unfortunate events such as Izzy’s delivery job going south and Izzy bumping into her old smuggling crew and ex-boyfriend Damar who is a member of the crew. That’s not the only trouble in store for Izzy and Jules however. What does the future hold for the two? Will a romance blossom between them? You’ll have to see for yourself.

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash Of Fate” has shades of the beloved “Lost Stars,” but it’s not quite on that level. This novel feels much more like a traditional YA novel in that it heavily focuses on the bond and dynamic between Izzy and Jules. Each chapter actually alternates between the POVs of the two characters. To some, it may come off as a schmaltzy and repetitive tale full of plot conveniences and those are fair points, but there’s still effective moments here when it delves into subjects like family, friends, community, and the notion that the past isn’t done with you.

Where ‘Crash’ really shines is when it focuses on the world of Batuu and, more specifically, the Black Spire Outpost location. Yes, the Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland (and soon Disney World) is front and center in this story and, to be honest, it’s quite entertaining to read about references to hot spots and characters in the location like Dok-Ondar, Oga’s Cantina, Hondo, etc. Even though I have yet to attend Galaxy’s Edge (one day!), I am already familiar with it via reports and videos so I was able to see many of the connections. Whenever one does go there (myself included), this book is sure to add to the experience as it provides more context about the locations, the noted characters, etc. Basically, it paints a bigger picture of what this place is and who is there. Of course, this won’t be the only book to do so as there are more stories coming through various mediums.

Overall Thoughts: If you treasure YA stories, this one is for you. If you’re looking for something that expands upon what is at Galaxy’s Edge, this book is for you. Other SW fans out there might want to seek out a novel that is more adult oriented. Look for this one to hit shelves August 6, 2019.

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June 6, 2019 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , ,

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